Sunday, 21 March 2010
Another art swap this month with the England Stampers has a theme of Vintage Ladies, made as a card or ATC.
My creation is a card, but smaller than usual at 3.25 x 4.25 inches. I had a particular Magenta stamp of a woman's face that I wanted to use for this project. Instead of stamping onto cardstock, I used 2 x 2-inch cardboard tiles.
Before stamping the image, I dabbed the tile in Stampin' Up Very Vanilla, which has great coverage. The tiles were allowed to dry naturally overnight.
In the morning, I stamped the face with Memento brown ink, which provides very nice detail and dries quickly. The lips and eyes were colored with alcohol markers, but the rest of the tinting was accomplished with SU chalks. Crystal Effect was used to seal the tile when finished. This takes quite some time to dry; don't force it! When dry, the gold edge was applied. a gold acrylic paint works great.
While everything was drying, that was a perfect time for me to use a die stencil to cut out and emboss the keys using SU gold cardstock. The keys were distressed with brown ink afterward.
Flowers were adorned on the side of the tile to give an illusion of a flower behind the girl's ear. While one flower was purchased, the other five-point flower was made with a SU punch and grunge cardstock. It was colored with stamp ink, coated with clear crackle paint, allowed to dry, distressed with brown ink, and enhanced with crystal glitter. A pink rhinestone was added, too.